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Northwestern State University of Louisiana 



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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 65, '66 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

As we approach the end of 2003, we can look back on another 
outstanding year at Northwestern State University. 

Your University has also had an excellent fall semester. A record fall 
enrollment of 10,505 was recorded in part because of hard work by our 
faculty, staff and students. Our alumni also play a major role in recruiting 
students by letting us know about outstanding students and spreading the word about 
Northwestern in their communities. 

Recently, I had the chance to spend some time with some of the young men and women in 
Northwestern's ROTC program, the Demon Battalion. Led by Lt. Col. Claton Chandler, 
Northwestern has developed one of the top ROTC programs in the region. The program's 
objective is to commission 15 lieutenants each year, but they were able to commission 19 this 
year. That number should increase to 24 next year and 27 in 2007. 

The Demon Battalion also continues to exceed their brigade, region, and national averages 
in four performance areas during the National Advanced Leadership Course at Ft. Lewis, Wash. 

Over the years, our ROTC program has produced seven general officers. We are proud of 
all those who are associated with ROTC at Northwestern and their willingness to serve our 

The Louisiana Creole Heritage Center recently co-hosted an international Creole Studies 
Conference in New Orleans. This conference brought together scholars and those with an 
interest in Creole Heritage from around the world. Early this year, NSU and Tulane University 
formed a Creole Studies Consortium that is already bringing positive attention to NSU. 

Also, The Gulf States Regional Community Policing Institute (GSRCPI) which is located 
on our campus recently received a $700,000 grant to continue its excellent work. The Institute 
provides training to law enforcement agencies and individuals in Louisiana, Mississippi and 

Northwestern ai.^o continues to excel in the electronic delivery of classes, enabling 
students to take classes, anytime, anywhere. According to the latest statistics, students in 60 of 
64 Louisiana parishes and 14 states are logging on through our eNSU portal. 

NSU is an exciting place to be because we have so many people dedicated to excellence in 
all areas. Your continued support means so much to us and allows Northwestern to be the 
university of choice for outstanding students. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, '85, '91 

Director Alumni and Development 

Fellow Alumni and Friends, 

We all know the impact of Northwestern State University on the 
northwest region of Louisiana. Since 1 884, our students, faculty and 
alumni have made significant contributions to the life and culture of this 
part of the state. But, one aspect that we often underestimate is the 
impact of Northwestern State University on a much more global front. 

This influence is exemplified with the continued successes and accomplishments of our 
students, faculty and alumni. I continue to be amazed at the wealth of talent that is produced 
right here at "Normal College". Just this past year, our Computer Information Systems team 
won its third consecutive NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Systems Analysis, and was chosen 
as one of the top five programs in the nation by State Farm Insurance. Many other successes 
can be cited in our colleges of Education, Nursing. Science and Technology. Liberal Arts, The 
Louisiana Scholars" College and The University College. 

Also, our faculty continue to be leaders in their respective disciplines by teaching, 
researching and publishing nationally and worldwide. The accomplishments of our alumni 
continue to enhance the reputation and prestige of our university. Our graduates continue to 
hold leadership roles in many fields. This impressive point could not have been more typified 
than during Homecoming this past semester. At that time, NSU recognized several of our 
graduates whose achievements had worldwide impact. From an army general, to a journalist for 
the Wall Street JounuiL to a CEO of an international company, to a leader in nursing education, 
to one of the nation's most influential political advisor and strategist, NSU's influence stood 

Northwestern State University is an outstanding university and we should all be proud of 
the many student, faculty and alumni achievements. We have grown from a college with a 
regional impact to a thriving university with international influence. Let's all spread the word 
of the many accomplishments of NSU and our alumni. We have a lot to share. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

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Volume XIII Number 4 Winter 2003 

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President Dr. B.L. Shaw 

Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Vice President Jimmy Williams 

Winnfield, 1993 

Secretary-Treasurer Mike Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Executive Director. Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992 

Dane Broussard Houston.Texas 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. Natchitoches, 1984 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Dr. B.L. Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Glenn Talbert .: Shreveport, 1964 

Rick Walmsley Covington, 1985 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

J. Michael Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 


Greg Comeaux Lafayette 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Dr. Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 


Ericca Reynolds, 2000 

David West 

Jessica Breaux 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth Mann, 1975 

NSU Press PubUcations Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur. Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 

Campus News 



Built for Success 

NSU computer information systems gaining 
recognition as one of tlie nation's best 


Computer information 
systems students from 
Northwestern State 
University have won the 
national championship in 
systems analysis and 
design for the third year in 
a row at the Association of 
Information Technology 
Professionals Collegiate 
Conference. Shown (from 
left) are team members 
Andy Baragona, Kelly 
Ellis and Kelly McKenzie 
and Northwestern State 
president Randall J. Webb. 

Computer information systems students at Northwestern State University do their work on the 
best available equipment. Students have access to the fastest desktop computers and the 
software most widely used in business and industry. But having the best hardware and 
software isn't why NSU has built one of the nation's best computer information systems program. It 
all comes down to the people involved in the program. 

Recently, Northwestem's computer information systems program was selected as one of the 
top five in the U.S. by the information systems department at State Farm Insurance. Each year, the 
department designates five programs as "Key Schools." NSU was chosen as one of the top computer 
information systems programs in the U.S. along with Indiana University, Mansfield University, 
Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois - Chicago. 

"We have managed to assemble a group of excellent teachers in all areas of the program." said 
Dr. Jack Russell, the coordinator of the computer information systems program at Northwestern. "We 
stay with the students because the program is the size that we can be like a family. We make them toe 
the mark, but the faculty is in the labs working with the students. We go elbow to elbow with them to 
make sure they are successful." 

NSU has gained the attention of some of the country's best-known businesses because of its 
success in national competition. Students from NSU have won three consecutive national titles in 

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Built for Success continued 

systems analysis and design at the Association of Information Technology 
Professionals Collegiate Conference along with a top finish in paper presentation in 
2001. NSU has also tallied a second place finish in COBOL programming, Banner - 
Creative in 2002 and a second in E-commerce and Web development in 2002 and a 
third place finish this year. 

The competition is good for us because it's like a real world situation," said 
senior CIS major Susan Little of Longville. "We learn a lot from it because the 
problems we face at competition is close to those we would face in the workplace. 
Our accomplishments give us something to be proud of and should help us get jobs." 

NSU has established relationships with companies including State Farm, JC 
Penney and Wal-Mart. Each of these companies hire students for internships that 
often lead to permanent jobs. 

"We maintain close contacts with business and industry, so we can continue 
to teach the skills that businesses want," said Instructor of Computer Information 
Systems Barbara Russell. "Our current students see the success our graduates have 
when they get jobs and begin moving up. They want to do well because they see 
success at the end of the road." 

According to Barbara Russell, the program concentrates on placing graduates 
in companies with large information technology departments. She said NSU would 
like to have more graduates working in Louisiana, but opportunities are limited. 

An important part of the curriculum for Northwestern students is a solid 
background in all areas of business in addition to computing. 

Often, computer gurus don't know business and management doesn't know 
computers. We give them the best of both worlds." 

"We take the same business courses 
everyone else does," said senior James 
Marsh of Leesville. "That includes 
management and marketing courses. 
Because of that, we will be able to relate 
to people in other areas of the company 
and can be on the same page." 

Students work with the latest 
programs by Microsoft and Oracle and 
widely used applications like Rational 
Rose. Learning programming languages 
such as COBOL is also vital for students. 

"Approximately 85 percent of 
businesses need applications that can't be 
bought off the shelf," said Jack Russell. 
"That requires modifications and tailoring 
the application to the client. Smaller 
businesses may buy a vendor package 
then think 'If it could only do this or that.' 
Programmers are needed to add on to a 

That type of programming work is 
ideal for many of the students. 

"Programming is so complex and 
challenging. You have to be very 
detailed," said Holly Nguyen, a senior 
from New Orleans. "Being able to spot 
little mistakes and be analytical is very 
important. Sometimes I will stay up until 
3 or 4 a.m. to try to catch a problem. I talk 
to friends at other universities and they 
don't enjoy programming languages. I 
enjoy them, even though they are tedious, 
because the faculty teaches it so well." 

"Our students have the knowledge 
to be programmers and systems analysts/ 
business analysts," said Jack Russell. 
"They know how to talk to business 
leaders and understand what management 
tell them. Ill 

Alumni Columns Winter 2003 / 2 

Alumni News 




I director named 

Dr. Chris Maggio has been named director of alumni and development at 
Northwestern State University. 

Maggio will head NSU's fund raising efforts including the university's capital 
campaign which will be announced next year. He will oversee the NSU Foundation, 
NSU Alumni Association, as well as the Offices of Institutional Advancement and 
Alumni Affairs. 

"Chris is an individual who has a great love for Northwestern and its people," 
said NSU President Dr Randall J. Webb." "I know he will continue working 
diligently to help the university continue to move forward. His enthusiasm is 
contagious and has a way of helping rekindle the positive feelings alumni and 
friends have for this special place." 

A 1985 graduate of Northwestern in physical education, Maggio earned a 
master's in physical education at Northwestern. He received a doctorate in 
developmental education from Grambling State University. 

Maggio has been a member of Northwestem's staff for 15 years. After serving 
as assistant track and field and cross country coach for one year, he was head 
women's track and field and women's cross country coach from 1989 until 1994 
when he was named assistant athletic director. 

Later that year, Maggio was named director of admissions and recruiting and 
was promoted to director of enrollment services three years later In 1999, he was 
selected to be director of alumni affairs. 

Maggio was an instructor in the Department of Health and Physical Education 
from 1988 until 1994. In 2002, he was made an assistant professor in the 
Department of Health and Human Performance. Before returning to NSU, Maggio 
was an instructor and coach at St. Mary's School in Natchitoches. 

His professional involvement includes membership in the Association of 
Louisiana Alumni Executives which he chaired in 2001-02. He is also a member of 
Phi Delta Kappa, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and 
Recreation and the Graduate "N" Club. 

Maggio is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches, the Advisory Board 
of First Federal Bank of Louisiana, the City of Natchitoches Economic Development 
Commission and the Natchitoches Parish Hospital Foundation Board. 

He was co-chair of the NCAA Cycle II Certification Process for the NSU 
Athletic Department and has served on several campus search committees. 

NSU Increases Its Commitment 
to Life-Long-Learning 

Northwestem's commitment to life- 
long learning is more prominent than 
ever with the help of Luke Dowden, 1999 
graduate of NSU and the assistant director 
of university recruiting for graduate and 
adult studies. 

graduate students. He can easily attract people who 
are already prepared to attend graduate school. 

Students in the on-line degree programs find 
Dowden to be the key point of entry into 
Northwestern. He gives them advise on everything 
from buying books to meeting with an advisor 
These students may rarely see Northwestem's 
campus, but know they can count on Dowden to 
provide them with the information they need, even 
if the contact is only by e-mail. 

"My role is to boost our enrollment in the graduate school, on-line 
degree programs and adult students," Dowden said. "I provide a 
relationship to Northwestern beyond career fairs." 

Luke Dowden 

Dowden has centralized efforts to 
increase the response rate for NSU 
graduate programs. Attending school fairs 
and promoting the programs give him the 
opportunity to attract serious, quality 

Dowden is 
also the first 

stop for adult students, any adult 24 years or 
older, graduate or undergraduate. These 
students are often intimidated whether entering 
college for the first time or returning to school 
to make a career change. Dowden not only connects them with an academic 
advisor, but is readily available to answer any questions that arise. 

Northwestem's commitment to life-long learning will boost the already 
increasing number of adult learners and graduate students. Dowden provides the 
information they need to make the transition and become successful students. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2003 / 3 

umni News 

Two NSU alumni added to the NSU Alumni and Development Staff 

Jill F'arker Bankson 


ill Parker Bankston has been named assistant director of development and Kristi Simms has been 
named as a development information specialist at Northwestern State University. 

Kristi Simms 

Bankston is a graduate of Northwestern. She earned a bachelor's degree in hospitality management and 
tourism. Bankston served as director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches 
for the past five years and was also director of Congregational Events for two years. 

She has also been a part-time and full-time elementary school teacher at St. Mary's School in 
Natchitoches. Bankston also worked at the Press Box Restaurant in Natchitoches for seven years as a 
member of the wait staff, head waitress and as manager for five years. 

As a student at NSU, Bankston was an honor roll student and was a freshman connector for three years. 
She was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity and served as a senator in the Student Government Association. 

Simms received a bachelor's in journalism and a master's in student personnel services from 
Northwestern. She was manager of university relations for Z University in North Louisiana, managing and 
maintaining several Web sites and implementing marketing concepts used by the entire company. Simms 
was also an accounts manager at, managing a full-time sales staff. Simms was an intern in 
NSU's Counseling Center while working on her master's degree. 

A member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity, Simms was an academic scholarship recipient. She also 
received the Outstanding Counseling Student Award. Ill 

Three join the Alumni Association Board 

Three new members joined Northwestern State University's 
Alumni Association Board of Directors during the group's 
annual meeting Homecoming weekend Oct. 24-25. 

Rick Walmsley of Covington, Brandon "Scott" Andrews 
of Baton Rouge and J. Michael Wilburn of Shreveport will 
serve a three-year term on the board. 

Walmsley, a 1985 graduate, began work as an insurance 
agent with Farm Bureau Insurance in July 1991. After 
achieving numerous company awards and production levels, 
he was promoted in 1998 to manage the Slidell Area Farm 
Bureau Insurance Agency. 

Walmsley is married to Julie Messina Walmsley, a 1989 
graduate. They have a two-year-old son, Conner. 

Andrews, a 1992 graduate, began work as a PPO Contract 
Negotiators for the State Employees Group Benefits Program 
in Baton Rouge. In 1993, he began law school at the Paul M. 
Hebert Law Center at LSU where he became a member of the 
Louisiana Law Review. Scott graduated with membership in 
The Order of the Coif (top 10 percent) of each graduating 
class and was elected to membership in The Honor Society of 
Phi Kappa Phi. 

After graduation in 1996, Andrews went to work for the 
law firm of Due Caballero, Price & Guidry, APA in Baton 
Rouge. On January 1, 2000, the firm name was changed to 
include Scott. 

Andrews is married to Charlotte and they have two 
children, Brandon, 3 and Amanda, 1. 

Wilburn, a 1975 graduate, owns Wilburn Financial Group, 
a financial and investment advisory firm in Shreveport for the 
past 20 years. 

Wilburn served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He was 
awarded the Bronze Star and two purple hearts for wounds 

received in battle. He was also awarded the Army 
Commendation medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. 

Wilburn has served on the Independence Bowl Board of 
Directors for the past 10 years; served several years on the 
NSU Athletic Board of Directors He is the past president of 
the East Shreveport Rotary Club; board member and 
charitable giving coordinator of the Shreveport Chapter of the 
American Red Cross and has served as the vice president of 
the ArkLaTex Chapter of Certified Financial Planners. 

Wilburn is married to Devora. They have five children. 


Seated L to R: Ginger Wiggins ('86), Carroll Long (70), Adrian 
Howard ('89), Gail Jones ('81, '98), Leonard Endris, Buddy Shaw, 
Jerry Brungart, Mike Sawrie, Allen Horton, Matt Koury, Bryant 

Standing L to R: Scott Andrews ('92), Dane Broussard ('86), Joe 
Cunningham ('84), Glen Talbert ('64), Tommy Chester ('69), Mike 
Wilburn ('75), Jimmy Williams ('93), David Morgan ('73) 

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Alumni News 


Excellence in Teaching Recipients Honored During Homecoming 


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Dr. Susan T. 





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Dr. Dennette 

Derby McDermott 



Dr. William I. 




Dr. Scott Roach 


Dr. Shirley A. 

Dr. Loma GifTord 

Six Northwestern State University 
faculty members have been 
selected as recipients of the 2003 
Excellence in Teaching Award. Those 
chosen were Dr. Susan T. Pierce of the 
College of Nursing; Dr. Dennette Derby 
McDermott of the College of Liberal 
Arts; Dr. William I. Dickens of the 
College of Science and Technology; Dr. 
Scott Roach of the College of Business; 
Dr. Shirley A. (Holly) Stave of the 
Louisiana Scholars' College and Dr. 
Loma Gifford of the College of 
Education. Colleagues in their respective 
academic colleges chose the honorees. 

Each were honored during the 
Homecoming 2003 activities including 
recognition at the annual Homecoming 

Pierce has been an associate 
professor of nursing since 1992. She 
earned her bachelor's, master's and 
doctrate degrees from NSU. 

She is seated on the Interagency 
Council for Nursing Information and is 
serving on an appointed position to the 
American Nurses Association Committee 
on Nursing Practice Information 
Infrastructure (CNPII) that oversees 
criteria and definition for recognition of 
nursing standardized languages. Pierce 
has also been active in presentations to 
nursing organizations locally, statewide, 
regionally and nationally since 1996. 

McDermott has been a member of 
NSU's faculty since 1993 and is an 
associate professor of flute. She earned 
her bachelor's from Michigan State 
University, a master's from the University 
of Michigan and her doctorate from the 
University of North Texas. 

McDermott is currently the National 
Flute Association International liaison 
and a member of the Shreveport 
Symphony Orchestra. She is also a 
former recipient of the Mildred Hart 
Bailey Research Award. McDermott has 
performed around the U.S. and 
internationally. She was the organizer of 
the first flute festival held in Slovakia. 

Dickens has been a member of 
NSU's faculty since 1988. He earned his 
bachelor's and master's degree from East 
Carolina College and his doctorate from 
Louisiana State University. 

During his career, Dickens has 
coached football, tennis and lacrosse at 
East Carolina University, managed the 
LSU athletic dorm and field house and 
taught a variety of coursework at four 

universities. He has made more than 60 
health and physical education 
presentations at state, regional and 
national conferences, served as president 
of the Northern Kentucky Area Phi Delta 
Kappa education fraternity and as 
president of both Kentucky and Louisiana 
Health and Physical Education 

Dickens has also served on the 
Kentucky Governor's Task Force on 
Health and Fitness and the NSU Athletic 
Council. He helped develop the National 
Standards for Youth Sports, served as 
Director of Graduate Studies in Education 
at Northern Kentucky University and 
assisted in physiological testing of the 
1984 Olympic Soccer Team. He has 
served as head of the Department of 
Health and Physical Education at NKU 
and NSU. 

Roach has been a member of NSU's 
faculty since 1987 and is an associate 
professor of marketing. He earned his 
bachelor's and master's degrees from 
NSU and his doctorate from Louisiana 
State University. Roach has served as the 
chairman of the University Planning 
Committee, developed a master's level 
course in sports marketing and promotion 
and developed a course for the College of 
Business in services marketing. He was 
named the Student Government 
Association's Teacher of the Year in 

Stave has been a member of NSU's 
faculty for six years and is an associate 
professor. She earned her bachelor's 
degree at Concordia College and her 
doctorate from the University of 
Minnesota. Stave was awarded the Phi 
Theta Kappa Outstanding Teacher of the 
Year Award at Oxford College of Emory 
University in 1993 and was first runner 
up for the Mildred Hart Bailey Research 
Award at NSU in 2001. 

Gifford has been a member of NSU's 
faculty since 1998 and is a professor of 
education. She earned her bachelor's, 
master's and doctorate from Texas A&M 
University. Gifford is a member of the 
American Educational Research 
Association and Phi Delta Kappa. 

Gifford was the first in.structor at NSU 
to teach a course via the Internet. She was 
recognized in the 2002 edition of Who's 
Who Among America's Teachers and 
served as a proposal reviewer for Division 
K: Teacher Education of the American 
Educational Research Association. Ill 

Alumni Cohinms Winter 2003 / 5 

,mni News 

Husband and Wife Named Recipients of the 
President's Distinguished Service Award 

Dr. Tom Paul Southerland and 
Maxine Aycock Southerland were 
named as the 2003 recipients of 
the President's Distinguished Service 
Award at Northwestern State University. 
This honor is presented annually by 
Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. 
Webb to recognize individuals who have 
rendered outstanding and dedicated 
service to the university. 

"Dr. Tom Paul Southerland and 
Mrs. Maxine Aycock Southerland have a 
made a major positive impact for decades 
on education, historic preservation, and 
other civic and cultural activities in 
Natchitoches and throughout Louisiana," 
said Webb. "They are Northwestern 
alumni and former members of the 
University's faculty and administration. 
Even today in 'retirement' both are 
actively involved in promoting 
Northwestern and the Natchitoches area 
well beyond this region of the state. 

"This marks the first time that the 
President's Distinguished Service Award 
at Northwestern has ever been awarded to 
a husband and wife, and it is appropriate 
and meaningful that this significant honor 
is bestowed upon such a dynamic, 
productive, and deserving couple as Tom 
and Maxine Southerland." 

A graduate of Louisiana State 
Normal School, Tom Paul Southerland 
earned a master's and doctorate at LSU. 
He was an administrator at Northwestern 
from 1966 until his retirement in 1986 
and came to NSU after serving four years 
as assistant superintendent for instruction 
for the Rapides Parish School Board. 
Southerland was the university's dean of 
the College of Education from 1966 until 
1975 and dean of the School of Graduate 
Studies and Research from 1975 until 
1978. In 1978, Southerland was 
appointed vice president for academic 
affairs and was named executive vice 
president in 1982. He was named vice 
president emeritus in 1987. He is a 2001 
inductee in the NSU Hall of 
Distinguished Educators. 

Southerland was instrumental in 
establishing admissions standards for 
teacher education and developing 14 new 
programs for the College of Education as 
well as securing a specialist and doctorate 
program. He led the College of Education 
to full accreditation by the National 
Council for Accreditation of Teacher 

Education. Under his leadership, NSU 
constructed the Teacher Education 
Center, the Middle Lab School and the 
Health and Human Performance 

Throughout his career, Southerland 
remained active professionally, making 
presentations at state and regional 
conferences and publishing in national 
educational journals. He served on the 
Board of Trustees Task Force for Quality 
in Higher Education and the Governor's 
Block Grant Advisory Council. 
Southerland served as president of the 

Dr. Tom Paul Southerland. Dr. Randall J. Webb, 
and Maxine Aycock Southerland 

Rapides Parish chapter of the Louisiana 
Teachers Association, the Louisiana 
School Supervisors Association and 
NSU's chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. He 
represented Louisiana at the American 
Association for Colleges of Teacher 
Education Leadership Conference was 
elected to the board of directors of the 
Southern States Work Conference and 
was a director of LUMCON. 

Southerland has been active civic 
and community affairs serving as 
president and member of the board of 
directors of the Rotary Club of 
Natchitoches, the Natchitoches Area 
Chamber of Commerce and the 
Natchitoches - Northwestern Symphony 
Society. He was also on the board of 
directors of the Louisiana Outdoor Drama 

Southerland served in the U.S. 
Navy and a coach, teacher, principal and 
administrator in Rapides Parish before 
returning to Northwestern. 

Maxine Southerland received her 

bachelor's degree from Louisiana State 
Normal College and a master's at 
Northwestern and did master's plus 30 
work at NSU and LSU. She taught and 
headed home economics departments at 
several high schools and was an associate 
professor of home economics at 
Northwestern. In addition, Maxine 
Southerland was head dietician at Charity 
Hospital in Pineville and was a dietician 
for several institutions during the 

For 35 years, she has been active 
in the Association for Preservation of 
Historic Natchitoches as president since 
1989, vice president from 1980 until 
1989, chairperson of Historic Lemee 
House and Melrose Historic Home and a 
board member since 1968. While she has 
been president, APHN acquired the cabin 
of Clementine Hunter and placed it at the 
Melrose Historic Complex. The 
organization also acquired the Kate 
Chopin Home, which was later named a 
National Historic Landmark. APHN also 
received the Harnett T. Kane Preservation 
Award by the Louisiana Landmark 
Society, Inc. Under her leadership, the 
Association also did more than $135,000 
in restoration work at Lemee House and 
the Big House at Melrose. 

Maxine Southerland also was 
president of the Natchitoches - 
Northwestern Symphony Society, the 
Louisiana Home Economics Committee, 
Alpha Delta Kappa, Kappa Iota, Phi 
Kappa Phi and Delta Kappa Gamma. She 
was also director and curator of the 
Louisiana State Museum, History of 
Louisiana Education and a member of the 
board of directors of the Louisiana State 
Council on Aging. 

She is a 2003 inductee in the NSU 
Hall of Distinguished Educators. Her 
awards include Woman of the Year from 
the Natchitoches Area Chamber of 
Commerce, the Mattie O' Daniel Award 
given to a senior as the most outstanding 
student teacher. She was named to Who's 
Who Among American Women and 
received the Educational Award, a grant 
to the Museum for the History of 
Louisiana Education for outstanding 
achievement in 1983, 1984 and 1987. 

Past recipients of the award 
include: Bill Brent, E. Loneta Graves, Dr. 
Hiram F. "Pete" Gregory, Ernest "Slim" 
Howell, Elise James, and Mildred Moore, ill 

Alumni Columns Winter 2003 / 6 

Alumni News 

Pi Kappa Phi creates historical event with 
initiation of pledge with 47 year tenure 

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Billie Roy Cook (center) was initiated into the 
alumni membership of Pi Kappa Phi. Also shown 
are Michael Allain ('72) Pi Kappa Phi National 
Board Member and Jack McCain, 1956 Charter 

Charter members of the Pi Kappa 
Phi Chapter, along with other chapter 
alumni representing their 1956-1962 
collegiate years-at NSU, hosted the group's 
bi-annual reunion to rekindle friendships 
and recall fond memories. Ironically, their 
long-term friendships have included a 1956 
Freshman Pledge, Billie Roy Cook. 
"Pledge Cook" was a carry-forward 
member of 1955 NSU local fraternity. Phi 
Kappa Nu. 

Jack McCain, owner of McCain's Auto 

Supply in Natchitoches, was the first 

initiated member of the NSU Chapter in 

1956 . Charter Members of Pi Kappa Phi, 

Mike (Mickey) Murphy, Charles Bice, Bill 

Plunkett, John Wheat, and Robert Kelley, 

reunion coordinators, said that during the 

alumni group's previous reunion in 2001, they voted to end Cook's overextended tenure 

as a Pledge and bring him into the alumni membership. 

Cook is a retired Army Major with two tours in Vietnam as a member of the lOP' 
Airborne "Screaming Eagles" and is also a member of the NSU Baseball Hall of Fame. 
His extraordinary pitching abilities on the NSU college level brought him MVP Honors 
in the Gulf States Conference 1957-58 and Winningest College Baseball Pitcher in the 
Nation-1957. Cook was the first baseball player to be inducted into the NSU Hall of 
Fame in 1976 and after 44 years, still holds one of the pitching records at NSU for 
most total wins. 

Bill married Natchitoches hometown sweetheart, Mary Ellen LaCaze, while attending 
NSU. This year marks their 46* anniversary. They have four sons and 6 grandchildren 

The Ritual Team of Beta Omicron Chapter, along with the Alumni Chapter Board, 
bestowed the initiation Ritual honors, on Friday evening, October 24, 2003 to Bill 
Cook. The Pi Kappa Phi National Headquarters confirmed that Cook's initiation 
represents the longest tenure as a pledge in the history of Pi Kappa Phi. This 
historic event coincided with NSU's Homecoming weekend. 

The Northwestern State 
University Alumni Association 
has created yet another avenue to 
stay in touch with its alumni and 
keep them informed on all NSU 
news and events. The Alumni 
Association now offers Alumni 
E-News, an online monthly 

The E-Newsletter offers a 
wealth of information from 
alumni news to university news to 
sports news. 

"Currently, we offer the 
Alumni Columns Magazine four 
times a year and we feel that 
reaching our alumni as many 
times as we can be will very 
beneficial to us in the future," 
said Dr. Chris Maggio, Director 
of Alumni and Development. "We 
want to keep our alumni so 
informed, that they will feel like 
they have never left NSU." 

Alumni E-News also offers a 
variety of informative web site 
links to different parts of the 
campus as well as a link to the 
City of Natchitoches. If an 
alumnus would like to subscribe 
to the monthly newsletter, go to 
index.cfm . 

"Our goal is to have all NSU 
graduates receiving our monthly 
E-Alumni Newsletter," said 
Maggio. "We sent approximately 
9,000 e-mails with the first 
edition but hope to have it grow 
significantly throughout the year. 
I encourage all alumni to forward 
it to any NSU alumni so they may 
subscribe, too." 

Founders of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi reunited during Homecoming. Shown are 
(front) Mike Murphy ("60), John McTyre ('57). Jack McCain ('56), Larry Rice ('62). Charles Bice 
('59). Karl Moore ("60). Bill Plunkett ('58). (back) John Wheat ('59). Robert Kelley ('58), Bill Coney 
('59), George Cameron ('64). Charles Vamell ('67), Maxie Almond ('58), John Echols ('58), Donald 
Cook and Roy Baldwin ('58). 

Alumni Columns Winter 2003 / 7 

uMNi Events 

The1953 Championship Football team held a reunion during Homecoming. 
Seated are David F. Tyler, Bobby Most ('57), Charles E. Johnson ('58), Coach 
Walter Ledet ('39), Robert "Bob" latum ('55). Ted Simon ('56) and James "Red" 
McNew ('57), Standing are Raymond T Lockwood ('56), J.N. Bourgeois Jr. 
('56), Mixon "Doc" Bankston ('56), Dan Chase ('57), Jack G. Bice ('55). Dan 
Carr ('55), Earl T. Haynes, Ellace J. Bruce ('55) and Jerry G. Epperson ('55). 

Alumni enjoyed a round of 18 in the University's annual golf 

Alumni Columns Winter 2003 / 8 


Alumni Events 

Members of the Alpha Zeta chapter of Tri Sigma celebrate their 
75 anniversary with National President Mary Barbee. Pictured 
left to nght: Reatha Cole Cox (87, -94), Laura Terrell. Barbee. 
Brooke Courtney, and Misty Chelette Adams (%). 



Alumni CoIumnsWinter 2003 / 9 

ipus News 

Record Enrollment Once Again 


or the fourth year in a row, Northwestern State University has a record fall 
enrollment. Northwestern had a fall enrollment of 10,505, an increase of 346 
students or 3.4 percent over last fall's student population of 10,159. 

Northwestern Alumnus 
Named Vice President of 
University Affairs 

"This increase in enrollment is gratifying to all of us associated with Northwestern," 
said NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "The university is continuing to attract 
better students because of strong academics and a student oriented environment that 
gives them an opportunity to succeed." 

Northwestern had enrollment increases on its Shreveport, Leesville/Fort Polk 
campuses and at other sites that includes electronic classes. Graduate enrollment 
also rose. First-time freshmen say the university has not lost its personal touch as 
enrollment has gone up. 

"Northwestern made a good scholarship offer to me and I liked the small campus 
environment," said Elizabeth Hammett, a freshman fashion merchandising major 
from Baton Rouge. "There are smaller classes here with a good ratio of professors to 
students. You are also known by name and not by a number." 

A stronger emphasis on out-of-state recruitment has also been successful, according 
to Director of University Recruiting Jana Lucky, who said the number of first-time 
freshman from outside Louisiana increased by 42 percent this fall. 

"Everyone at Northwestern was friendly. They wanted me to come here," said Cody 
Newsom, a freshman general studies major from Mount Vernon, Texas. "The city of 
Natchitoches is also appealing with its history and events like the Christmas Festival. 
Everyone in the community has been very nice. When I go home, I will let people 
know I have been treated well here." 

Atfracting and keeping students is a campus wide effort which takes place year 
round Lucky said. 

"Everyone associated with Northwestern is involved with recruiting including 
faculty, staff, students and alumni," said Lucky. "Even with our recent success, we 
are driven to continue to attract more outstanding students. The increases drive us to 
do more." 

Lucky said the work done by Luke Dowden, assistant director of university 
recruiting for graduate and adult studies, and Director of Electronic and Continuing 
Education Darlene Williams under the direction of Acting Provost and Vice 
President for Academic Affairs Dr. Anthony Scheflfler played an important role in the 
positive enrollment figures. 

According to Lucky, NSU continues working with its students after they make their 
college decision. Incoming freshmen are helped by NSU's Freshman Connection 
program and other events planned by the Office of New Student Programs. 

"The people at Northwestern got to know me on a personal level," said Mallorie 
Thornton, a freshman from Winnfield who is a member of the NSU softball team. 
"That has made the transition to college easy for me. The faculty are very 
knowledgeable and approachable. They give you their office hours and are available 
to help you if you need it." 

Northwestern also has more than 100 chartered student organizations which help 
students feel at ease, according to freshman Michael Melsheimer of Baton Rouge. 

"At a campus this size, it is easier to make friends," said Melsheimer, a freshman 
nursing major. "Because of getting involved, I can walk around campus and see 
people I know all the time. When I was a high school senior. Northwestern let me 
know that they wanted me to come here. 1 was a priority to them. I feel like I have a 
new family here." 

John Dilworth has been named 
vice president for university affairs 
at Northwestern State University. 
His appointment has been approved 
by the Board of Supervisors for the 
University of Louisiana System. 

Dilworth has been chief 
operation officer for Caddo Public 
Schools for the past three years. In 
that position, he was responsible for 
matters related to teaching, 
learning, school operations and 
support in a system of 45,000. 
Dilworth assisted in the design, 
development and implementation of 
multiple programs resulting in 
significant improvement for 
academic success for students. He 
also led a committee in revising the 
district's discipline policy to assure 
consistency in the disciplining of 
students. Dilworth also assisted 
with the adjusting of the district's 
attendance zone boundaries for 
better utilization of facilities. 

"Mr. Dilworth was an 
outstanding candidate for this 
position. The screening committee 
was unanimous in its recommen- 
dation of him," said NSU President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb." "I have known 
and respected him for some time. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2003 / 10 

Campus News 


since he has worked for many years 
in the Caddo Parish School System. 
My admiration for him and his 
professional expertise grew even 
more when I carefully analyzed his 
credentials and personal traits in 
relation to the kind of individual I 
was seeking for this vice 
presidential appointment. John 
Dilworth is an exceptional person, 
in whom I have the utmost 
confidence. He will be a welcome 
addition to the Northwestern 

From 1992 until 2000, 
Dilworth served as a trouble shooter 
principal and was successful in 
improving the school climate, test 
scores and enrollment at Fair Park 
High School, Huntington High 
School and Broadmoor Middle 
Laboratory School. 

Dilworth joined the Caddo 
Parish school system in 1977 as a 
teacher and coach, teaching health, 
physical education, special 
education and driver education at 
Woodlawn, Booker T. Washington 
and Southwood high schools. From 
1986 until 1992, he was assistant 
principal at Captain Shreve High 

He received a bachelor's and 
master's degree at NSU. Dilworth 
also completed additional graduate 
work at Centenary College, 
Grambling State University, LSU- 
Shreveport, Louisiana Tech 
University and NSU. 

A member of the Graduate "N" 
Club Hall of Fame, Dilworth 
played in the NFL with the Miami 
Dolphins for three seasons and 
with the Calgary Stampeders of the 
Canadian Football League. 

Dilworth was named Educator 
of the Year at Captain Shreve, 
Huntington and in the Caddo 
Parish School District. He was 
chosen for induction into the 
Captain Shreve Hall of Fame. 

NSU PREP Program Helps 
Professionals Find a Second 
Career in Education 

Northwestern State University is looking for a few good people who want 
to be teachers. NSU PREP (Preparing Responsive Educators Program) 
has been developed to recruit, select, train and certify teachers for classrooms 
in an 1 1 -parish area in north and central Louisiana. 

Under the program, persons can gain teacher certification in an 
accelerated format. NSU PREP will begin in June 2004. 

According to NSU Prep Enrollment Coordinator April Matt, 
requirements include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited 
college or university by May 3 1 , 2004 and a minimum grade point average of 
2.5. Those who want to enroll in NSU PREP must also pass the Praxis I 
reading, writing and mathematics test and the Praxis II Subject Area test. 
They must also submit an application for enrollment in PREP, a resume and 
application for admission to NSU's Graduate School. Three official 
transcripts from all colleges and universities attended are also required. 

"NSU PREP is looking for people who have no background in the field 
of education but have a desire to become a teacher," said Matt. "This 
program will give people the training they need to step into a classroom and 
begin making a difference in the lives of young people and in their 

People from all professions or area of study are ideal for NSU PREP, 
especially those who have excelled as students or in their previous careers 
and are looking for opportunities to teach. 

"Achievers who have the flexibility and initiative to adapt to a new 
environment and who are excited by challenges and the opportunity to teach 
where there talents are most needed are also the kind of people we are 
looking for," said Matt. "Those who also see the issues facing education in 
Louisiana, recognize the need for teachers and are looking for a way to do 
something about it are also encouraged to enroll." 

Northwestem's College of Education has been working on PREP for 
the past three years. The university recently received a National Teacher's 
Program grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to expand its reach. 

The university is looking to place teachers, especially those in 
mathematics, science and special education, in school systems in Catahoula, 
Concordia. DeSoto, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, 
Sabine, Vernon and Winn parishes. 

"The program has been well received by each school system we have 
talked with," said Matt. "They are enthusiastic about having those who 
complete NSU PREP begin working in the classroom." 

For more information, contact Matt at (318) 357-6014 or at . Ill 

Alumni Columns Winter 2003 / 11 

kss Notes/ Profiles 

Scholars' College graduate 
has great memories of 

Daryl Willis, a 1991 Louisiana 
Scholars' College graduate, is a 
member of the planning and strategy 
team at BP corporate headquarters in 
London. His responsibilities include 
the long term planning of the firm 
for the exploration and production 
segment of BP. 

Willis was a member of the first 
class to graduate from the Scholars' 

"It was tough, we started out 
with 100 (students), and there were 
only ten when we finished," Willis 
said. He received a Bachelor of 
Science with concentration in 
scientific inquiry from NSU. Willis 
continued his education at the 
University of New Orleans where he 
obtained a master's in geology and 

He remembers fondly his time 
at NSU and the education he 

"I see the working world as a 
treadmill with little Ume to explore," 
Willis said. "I miss the space to 

While at NSU, Willis was 
named Mr. NSU and was also 
president of the Student Activities 
Board. Carl Henry, director of 
student activities, remembers 
working with Willis. "He is one of 
the most extraordinary people I have 
ever met," Henry said. 

When looking back on his years 
at Northwestern, Willis describes 
them as a "utopian vision — a great 
place with great experiences." 


Patrick C. Nation is retired and lives in 


Etoile Mobley Richey is a self- 
employed piano tuner and lives in 


Frank D. Lonadier is an instructor at 
Sinclair Community College, married 
and lives in Dayton, Ohio. 


Jack M. Sharp is retired, married and 
lives in Baton Rouge. 

Laura Irene Long Marker is a retired 
teacher, married and lives in 
Fredericksburg, Texas. 


Bobby F. Dowden is retired, married to 
Gertrude Eloise "Trudy" Krumm 
Dowden ('57) and lives in Princeton, 


Carl Coleman Smith is a retired pastor, 
married and lives in Florien. 

W. Mead Middleton is an examination 
specialist for the Federal Deposit 
Insurance Corporation in Memphis. He 
is married to Suzanne Swann Middleton 
('59) and lives in Collierville, Tenn. 

Sue Imhoff retired from education after 
44 years and is now working part-time 
for the ministry of the arts of the sisters 
of St. Joseph. She lives in Desplaines, 

Wanda Lawrence Gunn is a chief 
academic officer for Caddo Parish 
School Board, married and lives in 

Jimmie Nelle Adams Lewis is a retired 
elementary supervisor, married and lives 
in Alexandria. 


Frank Hudson retired from the Army 
and the USAF Civil Service and lives in 
Yorktown, Va. 


Norman Brown is the pastor of Chapel 
United Methodist Church and lives in 
Pensacola, Fla. 


Sandra Byrd Mc Waters is a homemaker, 
married and lives in Albuquerque, N.M. 


Walter B. Allbritton is employed by 
Noble Drilling as an electrician, married 
to Cheryl S. Allbritton (94) and lives in 

Susan Rigg Woodard is a registrar and 
guidance secretary at Camp Lejeune 
High School, married and lives in 
Jacksonville, N.C. 

Dr. M. Cynthia Kittler is an assistant 
professor of biology at Grambling State 


Mary Cathy Bankston DeLee is a retired 
RN House Manager, married and lives 
in Ethel. 


Evangeline Cheryl Ramsey Eber is a 
teacher for Oxford City Schools, 
married and lives in Oxford, Miss. 


James Campbell is retired and lives in 

Eldon Hodges Cook retired from the 
United States Air Force as a C-130 
Aircraft Instructor Pilot, is married and 
lives in Hereford, Ariz. 

Dr. Vaughan Stagg is a clinical 
administrator and assistant professor of 
psychiatry at the University of 
Pittsburgh and lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Claudia Penny Dreher Lyons is the 
director of international student services 
at Southern Arkansas University, 
married and lives in Taylor, Ark. 


John Clement is the director of bands at 
Mesa High School and lives in Gilbert, 


Tonya Dobson Day is a senior human 
resource analyst for the City of Baton 
Rouge, and lives in Baton Rouge. 

David Randy Rumbelow set a Guinness 
Book of World Records for continuously 
playing the piano 53 hours straight. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2003 / 12 

Class Notes/Profiles 

Linda Kaye German Davis Eden is a 
physician assistant / internal medicine at 
UNT-HSC, married and lives in Ft. 
Worth, Texas. 

Claudia Joyce Lamb is a staff nurse and 
case manager at Lake Charles Memorial 
Hospital and lives in Sulphur. 


Joe Lang is an accountant for the Vernon 
Parish Police Jury and lives in Leesville. 


Rhonda Lee Bennett Moore is a fifth 
grade teacher for Victory Academy, 
married and lives in Greenwell Springs. 

Rodney W. Allen is a registered nurse at 
Cornerstone Hospital, married and lives 
in Bossier City. 

Thomas Jefferson "Jeff' Phillips II is a 
chief engineer for L&M Botruc Rental, 
married and lives in Many. 

Annabel Bozeman is a librarian assistant 
for Baker & Botts L.L.P. and lives in 
Katy, Texas. 

Donald Evans is a senior buyer for the 
City of Shreveport and was recently 
awarded the certified professional public 
buyer designation by the UPPCC 
Universal Public Purchasing 
Certification Council. 


Helen Claire Hubley Powell is a 
homemaker and lives in Tyler, Texas. 

Bridget A. Walker Bailey is district 
manager for Abbott Labs, married and 
lives in O'Fallon, Mo. 

Owen Barrett Lucky is the assistant 
director of nursing for Haven Home 
Health in Columbia, married and lives in 

David Karl Carpenter is principal at 
Carter C. Raymond Middle School, 
married to Terri Rudd Carpenter ('80) 
and lives in Pineville. 


Robert Gordon is a survey coordinator 
for Hunter Associates, married and lives 
in Cedar Hill, Texas. 


Donna E. Byrne Rimmer is an account 
manger for Bell South, married and lives 
in Benton. 

Helen LeFevre is the head girls 
basketball coach at Sulphur High School 
and lives in Lake Charles. 

Archie Anderson is vice president of 
sales and marketing for Genex Services, 
married and lives in Phoenixville, Pa. 

Julia Ann Friedman is a stay at home 
mom and lives in Bronx. N.Y. 


Deborah Hoffman White is an alcohol 
and drug specialist for the U.S. 
government and lives in Pusan, South 
Korea at Camp Hialeah. 

Jeffrey Allen Lechman is a division 
manger for Citigroup, married and lives 
in Shreveport. 


Loleta Myles Holley is a self-employed 
drilling consultant, married and lives in 


Paula Lindsey Greetham is the systems 
integration director for the US Army 
Corps of Engineers Research & 
Development Center. She is married 
and lives in Vicksburg, Miss. 

Lois E. Weaver Patterson is a 
homemaker, married and lives in 

Janice Farrington Ward is a teacher for 
Center Independent School District, 
married and lives in Nacogdoches, 


Dan Batchelor is the associate pastor of 
administration at Parkview Baptist 
Church and lives in Baton Rouge. 


Yvette D. Perry, Ph.D. is the director of 
the distinguished scholars program at 
Houston Christian High School, married 
and lives in Houston. 


Jill Davis Deuel is a program manager 
for the Air Force Audit Agency at 
Brooks City Base and lives in San 
Antonio, Texas. 

Lisle M. Bergmann Meador is an 
assistant principal at Benton Elementary, 
married and lives in Doyline. 

Anne M. LaHaye is a special agent for 
the FBI and lives in Laredo, Texas. 


Patty Nevills Blueitt is a legal assistant 
for North Harris Montgomery 
Community College District, attending 
South Texas College of Law, married 
and lives in Crosby, Texas. 

Rebecca McCary Willis is a property 
accountant for General Growth 
Properties, married and lives in Bossier 


Marcus Marion Crider is an attorney for 
Waller. Lansden. Dortch & Davis, 
PLLC. married and lives in Nashville, 

Kelley Kingrey is the central branch 
manager for Calcasieu Parish Library, 
married to C. Michael Edwards ('95) 
and lives in Lake Charles. 

Dr. Kelly Dianne Paulk Ray is a 
psychologist and lives in Baton Rouge 


Paul Arevalo is a juvenile probation 
officer for Harris County Juvenile 
Probation, married and lives in Houston. 

Brent Baker is a senior associate at Land 
Design Studio, married and lives in 
Round Rock, Texas. 

Dr. Esther Mayfield Hollway is a family 
practice resident at LSUHSC Practice 
Department, married and lives in 

Angel Vitte Huval is the director of St. 
Martin Parish School Health Center and 
lives in Lafayette. 

Cheryl Steen Allbritton is a fifth grade 
teacher for the LaSalle Parish School 
Board, married to Walter B. Allbritton 
('69) and lives in TuUos. 


Sarah Harrison Zeagler is married, the 
mother of three sons and lives in 

Alunwi Columns Winter 2003 / 13 

^ss Notes/Profiles. 

Nolan Bailey is a system software 
engineer for MCI and lives in Rowlett, 

Angela Robinson Ross is the co-owner 
of Sassagoula Falls Adventure Golf, 
married and lives in West Monroe. 


Gylles Landry is an account executive 
for Marriot Hotels and lives in Houston. 

Susan Christine Roy Danzy is a breeder 
technical advisor for Tyson Foods, 
married and lives in London, Ark. 

Terrance K. Bean is an enterprise 
account executive for AT&T, married 
and lives in Humble, Texas. 

Diana Rodriguez Whitton is a costume 
designer, married and lives in Ft. Irwin, 

Jennifer Birdwell Cheramie is a law 
clerk for the Fifth Circuit Court of 
Appeals, married and lives in Gretna. 

Brian Humphrey is a financial 
representative for Fidelity Investments, 
married and lives in Frisco, Texas. 

Debi Cost is a project manager for 
Primedia and lives in Manhattan Beach, 

Derek Dodson is a minister to students 
at First Baptist Church, married and 
lives in Weatherford, Texas. 

Sam Dupree is an engineering technician 
for Louisiana DOTD, married and lives 
in Goldonna. 


Patrice Marie Caponi Brewer is a 
teacher at Keene High School, married 
and lives in Keene, N.H. 

Howard Heath White is an instructor 
pilot for Euro-Nato Jet Pilot Training, 
married to Jennifer White ('95) and lives 
in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Lauren E. Legendre is a trader for 
Maverick Capital Ltd. and lives in New 
York, N.Y. 


Brandi R. Darbonne recently received 
her commission as a naval officer after 
completing Officer Candidate School 
(OCS) at Naval Aviation Schools 
Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, 

Roblyn Gass Sliwinski is the 
administrative manager for Bruce 
Spizer, APLC and 498 Production. She 
lives in New Orleans. 

Sonia Cox Tinsley is an assistant 
professor of physical education at St. 
Andrews College, married to Jason 
Tinsley ('89) and lives in Pembroke, 

Julie Michele Frazier Liles is a loan 
officer for Bank of Winnfield, married 
and lives in Dodson. 

Jennifer Lee Barron Johnson is a 
registered nurse at the Children's 
Hospital of Austin, married to Steve 
Johnson ('99) and lives in Austin, Texas. 

Dr. Brett Welch is the director of 
institutional effectiveness at McNeese 
State University and lives in Lake 

Gayle Juneau is assistant director of the 
student center at the University of West 
Florida and lives in Pensacola, Fla. 

Nicholas Adam Simokaitis is an 
investment representative for Fidelity 
Investments, married to Lauren Webb 
Simokaitis (97) and lives in Kirkwood, 

Lauren Webb Simokaitis is a 
homemaker, married to Nicholas Adam 
Simokaitis ('97) and lives in Kirkwood, 


Blythe Leinenweber Baskin is an 
insurance advisor for State Farm, 
married and lives in Frisco, Texas. 

Alyson Courtney is a TV news reporter 
for KTHV Channel 1 1, married and lives 
in Little Rock, Ark. 

Shannon Elizabeth Booty is an 
advertising account representative for 
Louisiana Directories and lives in 

L. Laban Levy is an attorney/law clerk 
for the Louisiana Second Circuit Court 
of Appeals, married to Melissa A. 
Murph Levy ('03) and lives in Bossier 

Amber Jean Jordan Barker is head nurse 
of L&D at Evans Army Community 
Hospital at Fort Carson, married and 
lives in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Kari Harman Laudenslager is a stay at 
home mom and lives in Warner, Ga. 

Jennifer Marie Fabre is a licensed 
physical therapist, certified strength and 
conditioning specialist. She was 
awarded the Huel D. Perkins Fellowship 
for Doctoral Studies and lives in Baton 

Tony Morgan is a clinical coordinator at 
Baylor University Medial Center and 
lives in Dallas. 

Kenneth LeBaron is the CEO of 
National Nurses of America staffing 
agency and lives in Alexandria. 

Carla J. Hassan-Williams is a 
homemaker, married to Casey S. 
Williams ('99) and resides in Melrose 
and San Marcos, Texas. 

Charlotte A. L^chney Long is employed 
by the state of Louisiana, Office of 
Community Services as a child welfare 
specialist in foster care, married to John 
Long ('02) and lives in Marksville. 

Jason R. Miller is rehab sales specialist 
for Home Care Supply, married and 
lives in Amory, Miss. 

Susan Lorraine Marsh is an associate for 
Staples and lives in Port St. Lucie, Fla. 


Christopher Michael Pritchett is a sales 
manager for Colt Industries, married and 
lives in Shreveport. 

CeCe Archield is a graduate student at 
LSU, interning at the district attorney's 
office and lives in Baton Rouge. 

Scott Lee Dodd is a graduate student in 
the medical physics department at the 
University of Cincinnati. 

Susan Christina Jamagin Cook is a 
radiologic technologist at Christus 
Coushatta Health Care Center, married 
and lives in Campti. 

Alumni Columns Winter 2003/ 14 

Class NoTEs/PRoniES 

Jeremy Glenn Simmons is a department 
head at Litho, Coating & Coil at Silgan 
Containers Mfg. Corporation, married 
and lives in St. Joseph, Mo. 

Michelle Theriot Carbo is a technology 
education coordinator for Amedisys Inc., 
married and lives in Denham Springs. 

Terrick Harrell is a computer assistant 
for the Department of Agriculture and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Brandon Favors is in the United States 
Navy, married to Rachel Kimball Favors 
('02) and lives in Kingsland, Ga. 


Melissa Basco Gardner is a second 
grade teacher at Faith Christian 
Academy and lives in New Orleans. 

Cristy Kay Kolwe Scott is health care 
representative for Pfizer Pharmaceutical, 
married to Casey Scott ('00) and lives in 
Orange, Texas. 

Anuj Madan is a corporate credit risk 
analyst for Washington Mutual Bank 
and lives in Seattle, Wash. 

Jessica Gilmore is employed at 
Woodvale Interior as an interior designer 
and lives in Ruston, 

Heather Erin McCardle is a certified 
Public Accountant for Duplantier, 
Hrapmann, Hogan & Maher, LLP and 
lives in New Orleans. 


Brooke Nicole Patterson is an 
accountant for Trammell Crow 
Company and lives in Piano, Texas. 

Vanessa Byrd is an office assistant, 
accounting tutor at Kingwood College 
and lives Kingwood, Texas 

Clint P. Sanford is a fifth grade teacher 
for Calcasieu Parish School Board, 
married to Kathryn Sanford ('02) and 
lives in Sulphur. 

Kathryn Ruth Crick Sanford is 
employed at Sulphur Family Dental 
Clinic, married to Clint P Sanford ('02) 
and lives in Sulphur. 

Elona Boggs Weston is editor of the 
Beauregard Daily News, married and 
lives in Sugartown. 

Cherie' Renee' Brookman is a vet tech at 
Chemstrand Oaks Veterinary Hospital 
and lives in Pensacola, Fla. 

Rachel Kimball Favors is employed by 
Southeast Georgia Health Systems, 
married to Brandon Scott Favors ('00) 
and lives in Kingsland, Ga. 

LaTasha Preylo is a member service 
representative for American Airlines 
Federal Credit Union and lives in 
Euless, Texas. 

Johnathan Sexton is employed by Wal- 
Mart Stores Inc. as a programmer in the 
Information Systems Division. 

David Knox is a portfolio analyst for 
Fayez Sarofim and lives in Houston, 


Britney Thrasher is an office manager 
for Bienville Parish School Board and 
lives in Castor. 

Deran Schillings is a project manager 
for Icabob Designs and lives in 
Livingston, Texas. 

Angela Ranee' Wamock Barton is a fifth 
grade teacher at Wills Point Middle 
School, married to Joseph Barton ('02) 
and lives in Wills Point, Texas. 

Jeremy K. Johnson is a CFO/COO at the 
Bank of Montgomery and lives in 

Shymika Stephenson is a program 
director for the Boy and Girls Club of 
Acadiana and lives in Lafayette. 

Gina Hansen is a computer programmer 
for AECOM Government Services and 
lives in Leesville. 



Adele Erwin "Nanny" Byrd 
Frank M. Lampkin, Jr. 
Dorothy Lillian Witherup, 

1934 Mrs. Clifford Lee. 
Shreveport, June 27, 2003 

1935 Dudley Fulton, 
Natchitoches. August 18, 2003 

1940 Mildred Purcell Adams 

1948 Patsy Barnes Haley 

1 967 Thomas Richard Cousins 

Funeral services were held Nov. 26 for 
NSU alumnus Julian Foy, 53, of 
Many. Foy died at his home Nov. 23. 

Foy served on the NSU Foundation 
board. He was a former alumni 
advisor and later was on the board of 
directors for Kappa Alpha Order at 
NSU. Foy, the owner of Julian Foy 
Motors, Inc.. was named the 2003 
Louisiana Automobile Dealer 
Association Dealer of the Year and 
was past president of the LADA. 

For many years, Foy hosted annual 
Alumni Association gatherings at his 
home in Many. 

Memorial services for Ann Williams 
Brittain, 68, of Natchitoches were held 
Wednesday, Nov. 26. 

Brittain did post-graduate work at 
Northwestern and was active in 
community affairs. 

She was a member of the NSU 
Athletic Association and the 
Natchitoches-Northwestem Symphony 
Society. Brittain was also honored by 
the university with an Nth Degree 
which is given in recognition of 
unselfish devotion to duty and the 
willingness to go the "extra mile" in 
meritorious service to mankind. 

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Looking bacK 

The NSU Swim Team- Then and Now 

Camaraderie and enthusiasm still 
abounded during the Swim Team 
Reunion held during NSU's 
Homecoming activities. Mr. Ken 
Howard shared the picture below of 
the 1952 Swim team with friends 
that gathered at the reunion. 

Shown in the Homecoming picture 
are (front) Bob Vorhees ('52) , 
Myron Lockey ('53), James "Ken" 
Howard ('53) , Jeff Hennessy ('58), 
Leo Ellison('56), (back) Dean Clark 
('56), Jack Gaston ('52), Pat Todd, 
Sr. ('54), Peyton Cunningham, Jr. 






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Guess Who? 

Can you guess the names of these members of 
the 1980 Softball team? If so, please contact the 
Office of Alumni Affairs at (318) 357-4414 or 
(888) 799-6486. The first five people to call 
with the correct answers will win a prize! 

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Northwestern inducted five new members into the Long Purple Line at the Homecoming Banquet. Pictured left to right are 
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